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At the exit from a challenging four-leg round the buoys sprint stage, leaving Lorient, Tom Dolan on Smurfit Kappa-Kinsgpan (above) was in 24th place over one mile behind the early leader, French ace Tom Laperche
After a promising tenth place on the 627 nautical miles first stage of La Solitaire du Figaro, Ireland’s Tom Dolan was fighting something of a rearguard battle after a modest start to Stage 2 this afternoon off Lorient. At the…
Peter Lawless’s Waxwing is a Rival 41 designed by Peter Brett
Solo sailor Peter Lawless (52) of the noted Limerick voyaging family has met with mixed fortunes in Week One of his challenge to be the first Irishman to sail non-stop single-handed round the world south of the five great capes.…
Tom Dolan Finishes Tenth in Stage One of Figaro Solo
Localised wind shifts in the finishing sections of Stage 1 of the Figaro Solo 2021 at Lorient this morning saw Tom Dolan in Smurfit Kappa - Kingspan being pipped for ninth place by one minute by female skipper Elodie Bonafous…
Tom Dolan reaches the waypoint in front of La Corogne
After spending much of the early part of the first race of the Figaro Solo 2021 hovering around the 16th and 17th places in the fleet of 34 boats, Ireland’s Tom Dolan in Smurfit-Kappa Kingspan has borne up very well…
Sven Lundin – better known as Yrvind or Whirlwind – with his self-created 18-footer ExLex in Dingle, May 2018
Swedish solo sailor Yrvind's most recent appearance in Irish sailing awareness was back in May 2018, when he turned up in Dingle with his decidedly different 18ft ocean cruiser ExLex on a trailer. After the boat was launched, a local…
The start of the 52nd La Solitaire du Figaro in which Ireland's Tom Dolan is competing for the fourth time
Tom Dolan, the leading Irish solo sailor, started the first stage of the 52nd La Solitaire du Figaro in perfect conditions from Saint-Nazaire - on outer reaches of France’s Loire estuary - pledging to stick to his strategy but to…
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The last weekend before Irish solo skipper Tom Dolan moves to Saint Nazaire for next Sunday’s start of his fourth La Solitaire du Figaro has been focused on peace, quiet and relaxation. Buoyed by a recent fifth place on the…
A welcome return from Commodore Robert Vose, (left) as Sir Chay Blyth steps ashore at the Royal Southern Yacht Club on the Hamble, 50 years after his record-setting solo non-stop West-about circumnavigation.
British yachtsman Sir Chay Blyth returned to the Hamble this week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his victorious return to the UK at the end of a pioneering 292-day solo non-stop west-about circumnavigation against the prevailing winds and currents…
This month (August 2021) Peter Lawless plans to sail solo, non-stop, unassisted around the world from Ireland back to Ireland via the five great capes. He will be using a sextant and paper charts as primary navigation tools. If successful, he will be the first Irish person to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world
Peter Lawless hasn't time for anxiety as he makes final preparations for his solo sail around the world. He has set Saturday, August 21, for his departure from Kilrush Marina in the Shannon Estuary. Amongst those giving support to Peter…
Peter Lawless’ 41ft yacht Waxwing in Kilrush ahead of his pending solo circumnavigation
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is backing Limerick sailor Peter Lawless’ pending solo, non-stop round-the-world voyage on his Rival 41 yacht Waxwing. While the charity has sponsored the yacht’s passive self-steering equipment, in return Peter — son of…
The Flying Irishman' crossed the finish line in 5th place after 2d 0h 36m 11s
Ireland’s Tom Dolan proved his preparation for next month’s La Solitaire du Figaro is on course when he finished a very tough, testing Solo Concarneau Trophée Guy Cotten race in fifth place from 33 starters. Exhausted after sleeping for just…
Tom Dolan - relishing return to solo racing
Tom Dolan set off this afternoon on his final solo offshore race test before La Solitaire du Figaro, starting the 33-boat 380 nautical miles Solo Concarneau Trophée Guy Cotten. After a season which so far has largely been dominated by…
Ireland’s Tom Dolan and French co-skipper Tanguy Leglatin finished the Tour de Bretagne in 13th place
A faltering wind and strong contrary tide put paid to the hopes of Ireland’s Tom Dolan and French co-skipper Tanguy Leglatin of rescuing a solid final race result on the Tour de Bretagne à la Voile which finished today in…
The lifeboat crew motored the yacht to a safe berth in Castletownbere harbour
Castletownbere RNLI was launched yesterday evening (Saturday 10th July 2021) just after 7.20 pm to go to the immediate assistance of a lone sailor who had become injured on his yacht off Bere Island in West Cork Castletownbere lifeboat was…
Tom Dolan and Tanguy Leglatin make a good start in the Tour de Bretagne à la voile
After four of the eight races which constitute the Tour de Bretagne à la Voile, Ireland’s Tom Dolan who is racing Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan with coach Tanguy Leglatin, lies in eighth place in the 32 boat fleet. Buoyed by his first-ever…
Dolan is delighted to be back sailing his own Figaro Beneteau 3 Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan and is raring to get going again
Top Irish offshore racer Tom Dolan will sail the upcoming Tour de Bretagne with leading French coach Tanguy Leglatin seeking to land a solid result for Smurfit Kappa and new co-sponsor Kingspan and to keep his preparation for mid-August’s La…

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